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Fitness Testing in Patients with Depression (FITPAD)
Project funded by own resources
Project title Fitness Testing in Patients with Depression (FITPAD)
Principal Investigator(s) Gerber, Markus
Co-Investigator(s) Ludyga, Sebastian
Faude, Oliver
Schmidt-Trucksäss, Arno
Cody, Robyn
Brupbacher, Gavin
Schilling, Timon
Organisation / Research unit Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit / Sport und psychosoziale Gesundheit (Gerber)
Project start 01.01.2023
Probable end 31.12.2023
Status Completed

The goal of this project is to examine the usefulness and validity of four standardized fitness tests in 48 patients with MDD. The four tests are: (a) Incremental bicycle ergometer test, (b) Åstrand-Rhyming bicycle ergometer test, (c) PWC-150/130 test (PWC150/130), (d) 6-minute walking test (6MWT)

Primary objective: To compare estimated maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max/peak) of patients with MDD based on standardized fitness tests and examine correlations between the estimated VO2max/peak scores of the different fitness tests.

Secondary objective A: To examine how the VO2max/peak scores of the four standardized fitness tests are associated with participants’ perceived fitness.

Secondary objective B:To examine the practicability of the four standardized fitness tests in a patient population suffering from MDD. Different parameters will be used to obtain a comprehensive picture of the practicability of each single test.

Keywords cardiorespiratory fitness, patients, depression, bicycle, walking, practicability
Financed by University funds

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